Ex-Bachelorette star Jarrod Woodgate says he shouldn’t have been on the show

Ex-Bachelorette star Jarrod Woodgate says he shouldn’t have been on the show because he ‘wasn’t mentally fit’

Jarrod Woodgate has claimed he shouldn’t have been allowed to appear on Channel 10’s Bachelor franchise because he ‘wasn’t mentally fit’.

The 36-year-old placed runner-up on Sophie Monk’s season of The Bachelorette in 2017, before appearing on Bachelor in Paradise the following year.

Jarrod told The Daily Telegraph he was suffering from mental health issues at the time he was cast on The Bachelorette and ‘wasn’t ready for something like that’.

‘I wasn’t ready’: Former Bachelorette star Jarrod Woodgate (pictured) has said he shouldn’t have appeared on the Channel 10 dating show because he ‘wasn’t mentally fit’

‘Part of me wasn’t mentally fit,’ said Jarrod, who famously broke down in tears and walked off into the sunset alone when Sophie dumped him during the season finale.

‘I shouldn’t potentially have been on the show because I wasn’t ready for something like that and that’s why it probably took its toll on me.’

Jarrod last year revealed he was taking a break from work to focus on his mental and physical health.

The reality star, who spent 12 years in the army before he was medically discharged, has been diagnosed with PTSD, depression, adjustment disorder and anxiety.

Struggles: 'I shouldn't potentially have been on the show because I wasn't ready for something like that and that's why it probably took its toll on me,' he confessed

Struggles: ‘I shouldn’t potentially have been on the show because I wasn’t ready for something like that and that’s why it probably took its toll on me,’ he confessed

Crestfallen: Jarrod famously broke down in tears and walked off into the sunset alone after Sophie broke up with him during the 2017 Bachelorette season finale

Crestfallen: Jarrod famously broke down in tears and walked off into the sunset alone after Sophie broke up with him during the 2017 Bachelorette season finale

‘Four weeks ago I decided to leave Toms Cap Vineyard [his family’s winery in country Victoria] and move up to Darwin to be with my beautiful girlfriend Sam Royce. I have decided that 2021 is going to be dedicated to focusing on my mental and physical health,’ he wrote on Instagram.

‘As some of you already know, for the last few years since I was medically discharged from the army, I have struggled to cope with everyday life.

‘I have finally got some answers and have been diagnosed with PTSD, depression, anxiety and adjustment disorder, as well as ankle, knee and back injuries.’

'I have struggled to cope': Jarrod last year revealed he was taking a break from work after being diagnosed with PTSD, depression, adjustment disorder and anxiety

‘I have struggled to cope’: Jarrod last year revealed he was taking a break from work after being diagnosed with PTSD, depression, adjustment disorder and anxiety

Jarrod also revealed he had become an ambassador for F45 gyms, saying physical training had improved his ‘mental health and well-being’.

‘I’ll use Instagram as a bit of a journal to keep you all posted on my journey – with F45, food, psych, relaxation, medication, lifestyle and more! The good, the bad and the ugly!’ he said.

‘I’ll try my best to be completely open with where I’m at and hopefully my honesty will help some of you too. Can’t wait to look back on this in a year and see how far I’ve come.’

It's getting serious! Jarrod is seen here with his girlfriend Sam Royce

It’s getting serious! Jarrod is seen here with his girlfriend Sam Royce

Before finding love with girlfriend Sam, Jarrod was in a relationship with Keira Maguire, whom he met season one of Bachelor in Paradise in 2018.

He blamed their initial break-up on Keira’s obsession with Instagram.

The couple reunited in January 2019 before splitting for good in August that year.

Exes: Before finding love with girlfriend Sam, Jarrod was in a relationship with Keira Maguire (left), whom he met season one of Bachelor in Paradise in 2018

Exes: Before finding love with girlfriend Sam, Jarrod was in a relationship with Keira Maguire (left), whom he met season one of Bachelor in Paradise in 2018 

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